Fellow fans of Japanese and retro games, this week’s PlayStation Store update has a healthy offering of titles you might have never heard of. Not a single one of these games has ever been released in the United States, but thanks to getting the greenlight from Sony and the ESRB, they are making their Western debut on the PlayStation Store about 15 years too late.

Six games in total are available this week, and they cover a wide variety of genres.

  • Sarara’s Little Shop – an RPG item shop simulator which sounds a lot like the popular Steam game Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
  • Dragon Beat Legend of Pinball – I’m hoping you can guess what this game is
  • NEO PLANET – a planetary terraforming game which puts you in charge of a new space colony
  • Heroine Dream 1-2 – a pair of games where you can train and aid a blooming pop-idol into a full blown star
  • Tokyo 23-Ku Seifuku Wars – a ridiculous Rock-Paper-Scissors strategy game in which a post apocalyptic civil war erupts in Tokyo over a ban on school uniforms

Outside of that last one, none of these sound particularly fun. Either the game is too text heavy and requires an absurd level of Japanese and kanji to enjoy, or the core itself doesn’t sound particularly exciting and requires an absurd level of Japanese and kanji to enjoy.

Civil war over a ban on school uniforms though? Sounds thrilling! I might have to check that one out.

While I’m not sold on this week’s selection, hopefully Sony continues to follow up on Japanese import games. Some real gems out there have never been published in America and could become genuine hits. Holy grails like Panzer Bandit, Gunners Heaven, and Harmful Park come to mind as fun games that don’t require Japanese to enjoy, and others like Moon: Remix RPG Adventure and UFO: A Day in the Life are brilliant choices suited for those who can crank out the kanji.

This week’s offering of PSOne Classics is nothing special, but makes me happy that even with the looming threat of PlayStation Now, Sony is still offering even the most obscure games a chance to find an audience. On a down note though, another week goes by, and my copy of Suikoden II has yet to be purchased with the $6 I set aside for it. You can’t go playing with people’s emotions like that, Sony!